The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) has today published a prioritisation framework that outlines a precise methodology for assessing candidate medicines that could play a major role in the MPP’s expanded mandate into new disease therapies beyond HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis.
The framework considers a number of criteria, including the clinical importance of specific medicines, guided, where possible, by World Health Organization (WHO) existing assessments and aligned with established global health priorities. Also under consideration will be potential access challenges relating to these medicines and the potential for the MPP to address these challenges through its public health-oriented licensing and patent pooling model. The overall emphasis will be on ensuring greatest public health impact, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
The publication of the framework follows an announcement in May 2018, that the MPP would expand its mandate following a recommendation from the World Health Organization to explore a role for the MPP in relation to other patented essential medicines.
Read the Prioritisation Framework HERE
Read more about the MPP’s expanded mandate HERE